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harrigan. since mohamed morsi, the president there assumed near absolute powers through a constitutional move. he and the muslim brotherhood have been doing things that have a lot of people concerned in terms of ramming through a very controversial new constitution that the people have been very unhappy about. what's going on there. come back home now for a moment and take a look at the latest numbers we have got on the u.s. economy. the weekly unemployment numbers came in as they do every thursday. the labor department reported 370,000 americans filed for first-time unemployment claims. either way, either way, folks, your taxes will go up despite the haggling going on on capitol hill. you will be paying more to the u.s. government. stuart varney joins me now. so, stuart, that's the bottom line. this is what people i think across the country are starting to realize no matter what they negotiate, 2013 will be different for most of us. >> this is the untold tax story. everybody has been concentrating on tax the rich, yes or no. but the payroll tax holiday goes away january 1. neither polit
. >> high level defection there. mohammed jamjoom joins me from beirut. we're hearing reports of how the rebels helped him make his escape to turkey. >> reporter: that's right, victor. the rebel free syrian army spokesperson we spoke with earlier in the day said it was an arduous journey, took longer than they anticipated. at one point they were transporting the major general by scooter and that it took hours longer than they thought it would, he finally got across the border into turkey. we have been trying to reach the major general. we have not been able to yet. but the rebel free syrian army says this is very significant. this is a morale boost for the rebels there. now, even though this isn't making any difference on the ground in syria right now, and it is a horribly violent day, 60 killed so far, the fact of the matter is if this man who he says he is, and if he's as high rank is as he says he is, co-provide kcohe could provide key intelligence to the rebels and the international community as well. >> soon we'll hit the two-year mark for what has been happening in syria and ov
with president mohammed morsi with assuming dictatorial powers and ramming through a constitution that many fear will turn egypt into an islamic state. david shanker is the director of the program on arab politics at the washington institute for mere east policy and the former middle east adviser to secretary of defense donald rumsfeld. thank you so much for joining us. >> my pleasure. heather: you were there just prior to morsi's power grab. what was the mood then and did you see this coming? >> i think the brotherhood was very confident and morsi took the opportunity of course after the hamas negotiations of doing this. and i think he thought that he had it in the bag. the people were -- the liberals, the so-called liberals i think were upset, but there was no sign that they were going to actually unify and this really pushed it over the edge. heather: so they have banded together. what about the role of the military, in terms of morsi? the military backed the previous president hosni mubarak. on thursday they intervened for the first time in these latest clashes. what is their role with morsi
of homs. mohammed jamjoom joins me from beirut and lakhdar brahimi met with syria's president. before we get to that meeting, let's talk about the bakery bombings, the opposition is saying essentially once a town is, quote, liberated and taken over by rebels, the government's dropping bombs on lines of civilians waiting for bread on purpose in order to terrorize themohammed. >> reporter: that's right. the syrian government is saying that as of yet what happened was the work of terrorists it was terrorists that went there, that carried out the massacre and the syrian military went in there and killed and captured many of them and restored order. that's different than what we're hearing from the eyewitnesses and residents there who say they were targeted on purpose. we must remember we're hearing more and more the last few months about bakeries being targeted. human rights watch in august said that at least ten occasions in aleppo province that bakeries were targeted that scores of people were killed and injured as a result. a lot of the activists we speak with say that more and more these
. president mohammed morsi gave himself and a quickly drafted constitution. the chief of says says the president will address the country later today and will share some important news. >>> in russia, there's so much concern about the supposed my doomsday, the russian minister of the emergency situation says i have methods of monitoring what is occurring on the planet earth and i can say with confidence, the world is not going to end in december. december 21st, 2012 marks the end of the al qaeda and some people have -- calendar and some people have predicted the world will end that day. >>> the a.p. says last year, at least a dozen members of the state legislature had repairs done on state vehicles and those were made weeks before lawmakers bought the vehicles for their personal use. in most cases the work cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. >> the only state in the country that had this program finally ended the program because i think they saw some abuse. they also saw that voters didn't like the program, that it was a perk that they could give up. >> starting this year, state l
egyptian president mohamed morsi signed the new constitution into law. egypt's electoral commission announced voters approved the nation's new constitution which was drafted by morsi's muslim brotherhood allies by a margin of 64%, that happened yesterday. cairo was gripped by violent protests that turned deadly before the vote with critics fearing an era of islamic rule and fewer personal freedoms. >> china launched this, the longest bullet train line in the world, the first one that left beijing this morning zipping down to guangzhou, about the distance from new york to key west. the trip will take eight hours. >> it would be nice to have that here. >>> american soldiers targeted in a bomb attack overseas. we'll go live to the pentagon after this. but they're here. yes. are you...? there? yes. no. are you them? i'm me. but those rates are for... them. so them are here. yes! you want to run through it again? no, i'm good. you got it? yes. rates for us and them -- now that's progressive. call or click today. your soups are so awesomely delicious my husband and i can't stop eat
as opponents of mohammed morsi fight each other. it started and both sides started throwing rocks and sticks. this morning, the situation is reportedly quiet. but political term oil is expected to continue with the government saying the constitutional. >> president obama spoke on the phone last night with the speaker of the house. neither the white house nor the office of john boehner is talking about that conversation. and officials say there's no immediate plan. tax hikes and deep spending cuts are set to kick in on the 1st of january. with 26 days left, the white house is telling federal agencies and the pentagon to get ready for massive cuts if they can't find an agreement. >> other big story this morning, a gun is found inside a student's locker in a fairfax county school. >> school officials say there was never any danger to the students or staff. melanie is live this morning with more. >> reporter: well, tony, students are settling in to their classes and continuing to monitor the situation to ensure the safety of staff and students. still neither they nor police have publically said
by the egyptian president mohammed morsi. it is expected to take place at any time. we're told that during the day he met with the army chief as well as his ministers to try to come up with some way to stablize the country. he was in the presidential palace earlier in the day. this despite the fact that there was some very violent clashes in the last 24 hours just outside that palace. take a look at the tape and you can see what took place just a few hours ago. on one side supporters of th president morsi. on the other secular groups say they oppose the islamist agenda. during the clashes firebombs and rocks were thrown. there was also gunfire. as you mentioned at least seven dead and at least 600 injured. the republican guard placed tanks and armored vehicles outside the presidential palace this morning and the commander of the guard which is primarily tasked with protecting the presidential compound tried to assure egyptians in this conflict it is not going to take sides. in the last few hours the guard ordered rival protesters to leave the presidential palace. morsi supporters have withdrawn an
. mohammed, give us a sense. this is a pretty big fish for somebody to be leaving,nd i imagine he has valuable information as well being somebody part of the military police. >> reporter: that's right, suzanne. he identifies himself as a major general, that he's the chief of military police in syria. we spoke earlier with rebel free syrian army spokespeople. they said this was the man he claimed to be. the free syrian army helped to shuttle him to safety. it was a very difficult journey getting him from inside syria into neighboring turkey. it took far longer than they thought it would, and they were willing to help. other military officials wanted to defect for a certain amount of time longer. yes, as you said, if this turns out to be true and this man is as high-ranking as he said he is, this is a big blow to the regime. there's more and more high level defections the last several months. the fact more and more are coming seems to suggest he's losing more of a grip of power in syria. this is he not what they want out there when you have the u.n. and arab league enjoy trying to negot
is here. she's picking up that part of the story. >> embattled president mohammed morsi went on nationwide tv. he addressed the protests. he seemed to inflamed their outrage. within minutes, the muslim brotherhood headquarters in cairo was up in flames. reza joins us on the phone from cairo. we want to talk about president morsi in a second. first, you just arrived at the scene of the fire at the muslim brotherhood headquarters. what are you seeing, and what are you learning about who's responsible for this? >> reporter: let's verify what happened. two hours ago, they reported the main headquarters here in cairo was attacked by protesters and torched. we raced over here. we're in front of the headquarters right now. there's no indication of a fire here, but certainly there's a large group of what appear to be opponents of president morsi and the muslim brotherhood. they're trying to do everything they can to get to this building, and they're being blocked by police. so we have yet another standoff. if anyone thought president morsi's speech would pacify these people and calm them down, thi
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